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Old 06-12-2014, 01:13 AM   #41
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Dielectric grease does is a great spooge to cover vulnerable terminals before connecting them. When you make the connection, you are making a metal-to-metal connection that pushes the grease away except where the metal doesn't touch, where the grease will prevent corrosion, water ingress etc. I put it on my dock connector plug for one, and so far no problems. It doesn't prevent a connection nor degrade one, the same amount of metal will still be touching.
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:28 AM   #42
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Hands down, the best description I have ever heard - "two slip wind" and "three slip wind" - adding that to my nautical vocabulary immediately.

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Old 06-12-2014, 12:59 PM   #43
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Dielectric grease does is a great spooge to cover vulnerable terminals before connecting them. When you make the connection, you are making a metal-to-metal connection that pushes the grease away except where the metal doesn't touch, where the grease will prevent corrosion, water ingress etc. ......
This is correct and it's best used on plugs with multiple conductors because it won't create a conductive path from one conductor to another.
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This is correct and it's best used on plugs with multiple conductors because it won't create a conductive path from one conductor to another.
+1 right on Ron.
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What's a spooge?
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:30 PM   #46
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Dear Archie,

"any displeasing or unidentifiable - but generally sticky or slimy - substance.
I got spooge all over my hands.
What is that spooge on your shoe?"

You just learned something new!
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I do NOT believe you should 'mix' anything with the starting batteries. Starting is separate from house batteries for a reason. If you completely drain the starting battery then you don't go home. By mixing the thruster battery in with the starting system you ARE going to be calling seatow at some point.

The 'house battery'(s) are a luxury. So is the thruster. But the engine is a necessity (thus the separate starting battery). Don't mix up the usage of the system.
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I do NOT believe you should 'mix' anything with the starting batteries. Starting is separate from house batteries for a reason. If you completely drain the starting battery then you don't go home. By mixing the thruster battery in with the starting system you ARE going to be calling seatow at some point.

The 'house battery'(s) are a luxury. So is the thruster. But the engine is a necessity (thus the separate starting battery). Don't mix up the usage of the system.
The other side of that argument is that the engine will be running when you are using the thruster and providing charging and operating current. Same for the windlass.

For what it's worth, my thruster and windlass are connected to the house battery. That's the factory setup.
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Dear Archie,

"any displeasing or unidentifiable - but generally sticky or slimy - substance.
I got spooge all over my hands.
What is that spooge on your shoe?"

You just learned something new!
When I looked it up I found it was a Breaking Bad character! That fits!
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Now I learned something new too, I had no idea there was a Breaking Bad character. At east I know what that is!
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